Lester Lautenschlaeger – Greater New Orleans Sports Hall of Fame
Tulane University/New Orleans Recreation Department
Lester Lautenschlaeger was the Tulane University quarterback as it established itself as a national powerhouse from 1922-1925. While serving as captain of the 1925 team, he became Tulane’s first All-American (selected by Grantland Rice for Collier’s Weekly) as the Green Wave finished 9-0-1 with the lone blemish being a 6-6 tie against Mississippi State. One of the few four-letter athletes in Tulane history (he was also captain of the baseball team), he was inducted into the College Football Hall of Fame in 1975.
The Wave’s only loss during the 1924 had also come at the hands of Mississippi State, which delivered a 14-6 defeat – other than the State games, the Wave posted a 17-1-1 record during Lautenschlaeger’s final two seasons.
Lautenschlaeger co-coached Tulane’s first Sugar Bowl team in 1935, and coached the Green Wave’s backfield team to its only Rose Bowl appearance.
He later served for 23 years as Director of the New Orleans Department of Recreation, a voluntary post which paid him a handsome salary of one dollar per year.
Born May 27, 1904, Lautenschlaeger was inducted into the Tulane Athletics Hall of Fame in 1977 and the Louisiana Sports Hall of Fame in 1983. He died on August 5, 1986 at the age of 82.